The National Committee for Quality Assurance is using its latest set of health plan quality indicators to encourage plans to pay more attention to weight.

The NCQA, Washington, says the 2009 edition of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, a tool for comparing the quality of many health maintenance organization plans and some preferred provider organization plans, will include a measure indicating how often doctors check the body mass index of adult plan members.

The new edition of HEDIS also will include an indicator that will reflect how often doctors check the weight of children who are plan members and how often child members get counseling regarding nutrition and physical activity.

Comments on the new edition of HEDIS are due March 14.